The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

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When the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he came to be regarded as a perfect being. As such, his physical body was said to bear the marks and signs of this perfection. His perfect physical body was the direct result of three aeons of cultivating virtues during his many rebirths. In Lama Tsongkhapa’s Songs from Experience, the Buddha’s enlightened body is a “body born of ten million virtues and excellences.”

When Prince Siddhartha was born, the seer Asita came to visit the new-born prince. Many of you familiar with the story of the Buddha will remember that it was at this point that the seer gave King Suddhodana a prophecy. On examining the baby prince, he found marks and signs indicating that the prince would either grow up to become a great king, or a great spiritual leader of men. What Asita saw on the child were some of the marks and signs of a being who had practised many virtues during his previous lifetimes.

Within the Mahayana tradition, the enlightened beings are said to have three types of bodies: the Dharmakaya (truth body), the Sambhogakaya (enjoyment body), and the Nirmanakaya (emanation body). While the Dharmakaya has no perceivable form, both the Sambhogakaya and the Nirmanakaya do. These two bodies of the enlightened beings are said to have the 112 physical marks or characteristics of a Buddha. These are broken down into two categories, the 32 major marks and the 80 minor marks.

These signs and marks are said to appear only on the body of someone who is exemplary because they denote the inner qualities of that person. Furthermore, it is also a sign that this person or being can leave imprints in the minds of others to achieve those very same qualities. When we study and understand the meaning behind these marks, we come to the realisation that they serve as reminders of the qualities that we should practise in our daily lives on our path to spiritual perfection. Not only do the Buddhas teach the Dharma verbally, but even their bodies are used as roadmaps to enlightenment itself.

Throughout Buddhist history, scholars have differed in their opinions about the 32 major marks of an enlightened being. They are divided into two camps: those who believe that the physical attributes are real, and those who think that they are merely symbolic.

 

Physical Attributes

Some scholars say that the 32 major marks are real physical attributes on the body of a Buddha.

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A Buddha, however, can manifest in whatever form is required to suit the needs of sentient beings. Therefore the 32 marks are not always easily perceivable. According to historical accounts, Buddha Shakyamuni took on the form of a renunciate, with a shaved head, robes made of rags stitched together, and who had abandoned all worldly pleasures.

This is made clear in certain sources such as the Samannaphala Sutra, which recounts the story of King Ajatashatru who could not identify Buddha Shakyamuni amongst the assembly of monks. Similarly, in the Upakkilesa Sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni was stopped from entering his grove again, because the grove caretaker did not recognise him.

This does not mean that the Buddha did not have the 32 major marks, because in a commentary on the Dhatu Vibhanga Sutra, we read that the Buddha concealed his major marks during a meeting with Pukkusati, who only recognised the Buddha after hearing his voice during the teaching.

The fact that ordinary beings are not able to recognise the Buddha is not surprising because these marks are fully visible only to other enlightened beings.

 

Mythical Symbolism

Other scholars claim that the marks are merely symbols corresponding to the spiritual attainments of a Bodhisattva. They are karmic signatures of great beings who have practised the Dharma and cultivated virtue throughout countless lifetimes.

In the Abhisamayalamkara, as taught by the Bodhisattva Maitreya and recorded by his student Asanga, it states that the merit needed to produce a single hair on the body of a Buddha is equal to ten times the collected merits of the sravakas or arhats, pratyekabuddhas or solitary-realisers, and all other ordinary sentient beings. The accumulation of a hundred times these merits generates the causes for each of the 80 minor marks. It is through the store of merits from these 80 minor marks that one of the 32 major marks is said to appear. Therefore, according to this explanation, it is not necessary that these 32 major marks appear physically on the body.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

 

Scriptural Sources

The earliest mention of the 32 marks of a Buddha from within the Theravada tradition is found in the Lakkhana Sutta, the Mahapadana Sutta, the Brahmayu Sutta and the Mahavastu. All these sutras provide details of the 32 marks. These are followed by a prediction that a person born with these marks would either become a Wheel-turning Universal Monarch or renounce the world and become a fully awakened one, a Buddha.

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Just like the seer Asita who foretold that Prince Siddhartha would become a Buddha by observing the marks on the baby’s body, sages skilled in reading these signs also examined the body of Prince Vipassi (Skt. Vipaśyin), a Buddha of the past who appeared in the world 91 aeons ago. This account appears in the Mahapadana Sutta, in which it is also said that Prince Vipassi went on to become enlightened and became a Buddha.

Within the Mahayana tradition, there are two lineages of explaining these signs. One stems from the Prajñaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Sutras. The Abhisamayalamkara, as noted previously, follows this tradition, as does the text known as Ratnavali, written by Arya Nagarjuna. The second of these two lineages stems from the Ratnadarika Sutra and the Uttaratantra.

In the Abhidharmakosa written by Vasubandhu, it is said that once the practitioner on the Bodhisattva path begins to cultivate the karma for the creation of these marks, he is ‘predestined’ to be reborn in a good realm, with all faculties in place and bestowed with the power of recalling past lives.

 

The Body of a Buddha

Rather than examining whether the 32 major marks of a Buddha are physical or symbolic, it would be well worth our while to enumerate each mark along with its meaning and what it means for our personal spiritual growth.

For practitioners, the importance of the 32 marks is that they teach us how our actions now have an impact on our spiritual growth and future circumstances, whether we remain as ordinary sentient beings or achieve the state of enlightenment. Therefore, we should try to understand the underlying qualities associated with the marks with a view to acquiring these qualities through our practice of the Dharma.

 

Note: There are many variations as to the enumeration of the 32 marks according to different traditions. The list below is a synthesis of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana versions. The two main sources are the Lalitavistara Sutra and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Legshe Sertreng text, otherwise known as the Golden Mala of Perfect Explanation.

 

The 32 Major Marks

 

#1: Soles of the Feet are Level

Description: The Buddha is said to have smooth feet with level soles, so that wherever he walks, his feet are firmly planted on the ground. His feet are described as broad, round, smooth and firm like those of a tortoise.

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Cause: The Buddha kept his vows throughout many lifetimes and was firm in his renunciation of killing.

Teaching: Being firm in our vows and commitments is beyond doubt an all-important foundation to build our practice on. Lama Tsongkhapa taught that these vows should be in accordance with the Three Higher Trainings: discipline, concentration and wisdom. In this regard, Lama Tsongkhapa says we should take the following vows and keep them strongly:

  1. Pratimoksha vows: Leading to self-liberation. These vows include the lay and monastic vows.
  2. Dhyana-samvara vows: Leading to a state of meditative and mental stability. These vows stop us from developing mental wandering, dullness or excitement during our meditations.
  3. Anashrava-samvara vows: Leading to the state of wisdom that is untainted, i.e. the realisation of emptiness. These vows allow us to arrest afflictive emotions and attitudes.

 

#2: Thousand-Spoked Wheels

Description: The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet of a Buddha are marked by thousand-spoked Dharma wheels. In some traditions, the wheel is an eight-spoked Dharma wheel representing the Noble Eightfold Path. The wheel may be accompanied by the sign of the swastika as well.

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Cause: The Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma, performing the deeds of enlightened speech. It is said in the Abhisamayalamkara that “the sign of the wheel … gives encouragement to people frightened of samsara’s wheel.” The Buddha was willing and able to grant his protection to those who were being ravaged by their negative karma. He never turned anyone away if they needed help, even if others regarded them as undeserving of help. He also greeted and escorted his spiritual teacher wherever he went.

Teaching: We should have a selfless attitude of serving others, especially when they are suffering and in pain, physically or mentally. One of the best ways to serve others is to teach them the Dharma. The Buddha said that the best gift is the gift of Dharma. We should also adhere to the principles of guru devotion, as explained in various texts such as Ashvagosha’s 50 Verses of Guru Devotion.

 

#3: Projecting Heels

Description: The Buddha’s heels are not round but oval in shape. They project out, providing extra strength and spreading the weight on the feet.

Cause: The Buddha went out of his way to help others, saving their lives and making them comfortable.

Teaching: We should develop compassion for others. This includes protecting any sentient being from danger, by preventing any harm from befalling them and to make their lives as comfortable and obstacle-free as possible.

 

#4: Long Fingers and Toes

Description: The Buddha is said to have fingers and toes which are long and of equal length. This makes the Buddha’s hands and feet stronger, symbolising positive force in Dharma practice.

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Cause: The Buddha saved the lives of many beings, especially animals that were about to be slaughtered, and he himself abstained from killing any living being.

Teaching: We should never kill another sentient being. This includes refraining from killing animals for food. Instead, we should try to save the lives of sentient beings to the best of our ability.

 

#5: Soft Skin

Description: No matter how old the Buddha is, his skin is smooth and without wrinkles. It is described as being as soft and smooth as that of an infant baby.

Cause: The Buddha gave nourishing food and drink to others, like a mother nursing her child.

Teaching: We should be generous and caring, and remember to give to others nourishing food and drink.

 

#6: Webs of Light

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Description: The Buddha has webs of light connecting his fingers and toes. It appears as if there is a thin membrane between the fingers and toes. In some commentaries, this web is more like the interconnected lines of a net.

Cause: The Buddha perfected the practice of the “Four Ways of Gathering Disciples.” By doing so, he brought others under his positive influence, and helped them along their spiritual path.

Teaching: One should practise these “four attractive behaviours” which are methods used by Bodhisattvas to gather disciples. These are qualities in a Bodhisattva that attract sentient beings to the Dharma. Of the four, two relate to generosity and two to the teachings. The four qualities are:

  1. Giving generously what is necessary,
  2. Speaking pleasantly while doing so,
  3. Teaching the Dharma and the proper path, and
  4. Being a good example by practising what is taught.

 

#7: Body Parts Do Not Stand Out

Description: Certain areas of the Buddha’s body do not stand out. A way to imagine this is to think of a horse with high ankles that stand out. However, the Buddha’s elbows, knees and ankles are not prominent.

Cause: The Buddha practised the humility of a pure view. He also practised the Six Perfections (Paramitas), also known as the Bodhisattva Path, in order to fulfill the promise to achieve enlightenment for the sake of others.

Teaching: In our daily lives, we should practise humility which is the antidote to pride, one of the five poisons. In Vajrayana, it is said that humility is the gateway to all kinds of supernormal powers (siddhis). We should also cultivate the Six Perfections to develop Bodhicitta and wisdom. The Six Perfections are: (i) generosity, (ii) moral discipline, (iii) patience, (iv) joyful effort, (v) concentration, and (vi) wisdom.

 

#8: Rounded Calves

Description: The Buddha has legs like that of an antelope or a royal stag, with well-rounded calves. This is a physical characteristic that makes an antelope strong, fast and agile.

Cause: The Buddha held the Dharma strongly. He honoured the Dharma by studying, contemplating and applying it throughout his many lifetimes. He never showed contempt for a teacher and tirelessly taught the Dharma himself. He also developed a strong mastery of arts and crafts, medicine and astrology. He used these skills to benefit others.

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Teaching: We should strive to learn the Dharma well and practise it, never showing contempt for our teacher. When we have learned the Dharma, we should show others the correct path through our own actions.

 

#9: Long Arms

Description: The Buddha has long arms and is able to touch both his knees without stooping. Also, when the Buddha sits cross-legged, with his elbows tucked in, his hands are able to cover his knees and his fingers are able to touch his seat.

Cause: The Buddha always gave generously to beggars and he made sure they never left empty-handed.

Teaching: We should practise generosity (dana), the first of the Six Paramitas. We should also care for the welfare of others and give whatever we can, even when the person asking is the lowest of the low.

 

#10: Private Organ Is Hidden

Description: The Buddha’s private organ is hidden, like that of a horse, which cannot be seen. The wisdom behind this is that a sheathed organ cannot cause offence to anyone even inadvertently.

Cause: In his many previous lives, the Buddha took a vow of celibacy. The Buddha also observed his vows strongly and protected the secret teachings of tantra.

Teaching: One should always be modest and guard one’s chastity. We should hold our vows well, especially those connected with teachings that are not to be shared openly, such as tantric teachings.

 

#11: Golden Complexion

Description: The Buddha has skin that is golden in colour and gleams with light. His skin is delicate, soft and sensitive to the touch.

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Cause: The Buddha practised patience and never showed anger. For many lifetimes he made beautiful offerings to the enlightened beings, adorned their shrines with golden flowers, banners and gold coverings. He also offered seats to others that were soft and comfortable.

Teaching: In our daily lives we should control our anger and practise the perfection of patience. We should make abundant offerings to the Buddhas to the best of our ability and protect others by providing land and shelter.

 

#12: Smooth Skin

Description: The Buddha has skin that is free from blemishes, so soft and fine that no dust or dirt can attach to it. In some commentaries it is explained that this symbolises that no karma can be attached to the Buddha.

Cause: The Buddha was an adept in the practice of Dharma. He always made offerings to holy men, teachers and those worthy of offerings in holy places. The Tathagata offered baths and ointments, clarified butter and liniments, warm water when the weather was cold, cool water when the weather was hot, clothing that was smooth to the touch and soft cushions. He accommodated those that needed lodging and provided the perfect housing to those in need.

Teaching: We should follow the Blessed One’s example and practise the Dharma well. We should always make offerings to those who are worthy, such as our teachers, those learned in the Dharma and those who help others. We should provide shelters for them, and items they need according to their situation.

 

#13: Hair from Each Pore

Description: The Buddha has a single hair growing from each pore of his body that curls to the right.

Cause: The Buddha abandoned worldly activities. He refrained from lying. He also attended to teachers and pandits, contemplated on their teachings and developed a calm mind through meditation. He also kept the holy places free of dirt, weeds and cobwebs. He was able to completely remove confusion from his mindstream.

Teaching: We should never lie but always tell the truth. When receiving teachings we should be respectful and contemplate what we have learned. We should meditate to achieve a calm mind, and clean the holy sites and our altars to create a nice environment for the Buddhas to abide in.

 

#14: Hair Grows Upwards

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Description: The Buddha has upward-growing hair that is deep blue in colour like a peacock and curls to the right.

Cause: This is the result of merit from lifetimes of non-violence. The Buddha also paid homage to and circumambulated holy teachers, those worthy of receiving offerings and holy places associated with enlightened beings. He collected a great amount of merits by engaging in many beneficial actions and inspired others to do the same.

Teaching: We should engage in virtuous actions to accumulate merits, and through our actions and transformation, inspire others to do the same.

 

#15: Upright Stance of a God

Description: The Buddha is extremely tall and upright like the god Brahma. His stance indicates balance and firmness.

Cause: The Buddha abstained from killing and taught others the benefits of saving lives, providing all beings with a safe refuge and protection from suffering.

Teaching: We should abandon killing, eating meat or using animal products. We should instead share with others the benefits of saving the lives of sentient beings.

 

#16: Raised and Rounded Body Parts

Description: The tops of the Buddha’s hands, feet, shoulders and the back of his neck are raised and rounded.

Cause: The Buddha provided others with physical nourishment such as excellent food and drink. He gave them items that they needed, for example, clothing, shelter and medicine.

Teaching: We should always practise generosity, including giving good and healthy food and drink to others. When giving to others, we should always give the best that we can afford.

 

#17: Lion-like Torso

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Description: The Buddha has an upper body resembling a lion with an impressive torso which is majestic to look at. It allows for efficient respiration and metabolism, indicating exceptional health.

Cause: The Buddha practised the ten virtuous actions and gave to others rather than looking after his own needs. He never humiliated or scolded anyone.

Teaching: We should not look down on others because of their lowly status. We should never scold people in public or in private. Instead of putting down another person’s beliefs or traditions, we should practise tolerance and kindness, leading to peace and harmony. We should always provide the weak with help and give shelter to those who need it.

 

#18: Rounded Shoulders

Description: The Buddha has perfect well-rounded shoulders without any furrow or dent between the shoulders, and his veins are not visible.

Cause: The Buddha upheld his precepts and provided refuge from fear. He praised those worthy of praise and gave encouragement to others.

Teaching: We should always hold the precepts taught to us by our teachers well and develop great compassion, a mind that wishes to protect all sentient beings from suffering. Furthermore, we should practise mind transformation (lojong) and encourage others to do so. We should praise those who are worthy of praise and not be jealous of their attainments.

 

#19: Body like a Bodhi Tree

Description: The Buddha has body proportions like a full-grown Bodhi tree that has roots, stems and branches that are equal in length. Therefore, the Buddha’s body is perfectly proportioned in height and width.

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Cause: The Buddha never turned anyone away. He took care of those in need and made sure they were comfortable and safe. He built public gardens and parks for the enjoyment of others and also encouraged others to do so.

Teaching: We should always care for the welfare of others, providing them with physical shelter, as well as an environment with clean drinking water. We should respect the environment and look after it and all the creatures that live within it, for the well-being of all life on earth.

 

#20: Round and Smooth Neck

Description: The Buddha has a round and smooth neck, evenly rounded shoulders and broad back. The area below the Buddha’s armpits are full unlike that of ordinary people.

Cause: The Buddha freely gave praise to others and did not criticise the faults of others. Instead, he carefully considered his own faults and misgivings.

Teaching: We should not judge other people’s actions and find fault in their behaviour. Rather, we should judge our own actions and how they can cause harm to us and those around us. We should praise others and their beneficial actions.

 

#21: Perfect Sense of Taste

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Description: The Buddha has a perfect sense of taste and very sensitive tastebuds. Even the poorest of foods that he is given tastes delicious. The Buddha’s tongue is also said to be free from any diseases caused by wind, phlegm and bile.

Cause: The Buddha stopped harming sentient beings for many lifetimes, and nursed the sick, elderly and infirm. He did whatever he could for the welfare of others.

Teaching: We should care for all beings, especially when they are suffering. If they are sick, old or infirm we should look after them, especially those whom others find repulsive or disgusting.

 

#22: Jaws like a Lion

Description: The Buddha has jaws like a lion’s, with full, firm and rounded cheeks.

Cause: The Buddha gave up idle chatter and gossiping. He addressed all those who approached him with kind and inspiring words, deceiving no one and despising no one.

Teaching: We should not engage in idle chatter and gossip. This is part of the Buddhist refuge vows in order to control our speech so we do not create negative karma. It is very easy to hurt others with our speech, and harsh words can be very damaging to others. Instead we should use our speech to encourage others to practise the Dharma and use inspiring words to uplift them as they tread the path towards enlightenment.

 

#23: 40 Teeth

Description: The Buddha has 40 evenly formed teeth. Ordinary people only have 32 teeth which are not permanent and change from birth to old age.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Cause: The Buddha used his speech to reunite people who had quarrelled. He never used divisive speech. Instead, he only spoke words of peace and reconciliation.

Teaching: On the spiritual path we should endeavour to bring people together through our speech, and avoid creating conflicts and schism among them.

 

#24: Teeth Are Equal in Length

Description: The Buddha has straight teeth that are of equal length and free of stains.

Cause: The Buddha gave up the five types of wrong livelihood.

Teaching: We should earn our living through honest means and not through the five kinds of wrong livelihood. The five trades which should be avoided by a lay disciple are:

  1. Trading in arms,
  2. Trading in human beings,
  3. Trading in flesh (breeding animals for slaughter),
  4. Trading in alcohol, and
  5. Trading in poison.

The wrong livelihoods for ordained people are:

  1. Flattery,
  2. Hinting,
  3. Giving in order to receive,
  4. Exerting pressure on others, and
  5. Being on one’s best behaviour.

 

#25: Teeth Have No Gaps

Description: The Buddha has a perfectly aligned set of teeth which are gapless.

Cause: This is the result of speaking the truth for three countless aeons. The Buddha practised guarding his speech from being devious, divisive or slanderous.

Teaching: We should be mindful of how we speak and avoid harming others with our speech.

 

#26: Brilliant White Teeth

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Description: The Buddha has brilliant white teeth. In some scriptures, it is said that Ananda knew when the Buddha was smiling even though he was walking behind the Buddha. When the Buddha parted his lips to let out a smile, bright lights would emanate from the Buddha’s perfect teeth.

Cause: The Blessed One respected and praised all sentient beings, especially the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas. According to the Theravada tradition, the Buddha is said to have painted many stupas, and made countless offerings of milk, garments and beautiful white flowers.

Teaching: We should always show others respect and praise them when we speak. We should especially make verbal prostrations to the enlightened beings and those ahead of us on the path to enlightenment.

 

#27: Long Tongue

Description: The Buddha has a long tongue which is perfectly shaped and long enough to reach his hairline and ears. It is red in colour like an utpala flower.

Cause: The Buddha always used kind words and spoke as gently as an animal licking its young offspring.

Teaching: We should never use harsh words. Instead, we should speak kindly and gently to others. We should use our speech in positive ways such as praising the Dharma teachers, requesting the Buddhas to teach and sharing the Dharma with others.

 

#28: Voice with the Qualities of Brahma

Description: The Buddha has a voice like the god Brahma which is deep, clear and melodious. It is said that anyone who hears the voice like that of Brahma’s is temporarily relieved of all problems. However, it cannot bring you to full enlightenment. The Buddha’s voice is also said to have five major distinguishing features:

  1. All beings can understand it, regardless of language,
  2. The words from the Buddha’s lips all have the same articulation,
  3. The Buddha’s words are deeply profound and bring benefits to the listeners,
  4. The voice is melodious and draws people to it, and
  5. The Buddha’s words are in proper order and flawless.

Cause: The Buddha spoke the truth and taught the Dharma to beings in their individual languages.

Teaching: We should give up lying. If we continue to lie we will end up hurting ourselves and others. Instead, we should focus on telling the truth and using kind and loving words that soften people’s hearts and open their minds to the Dharma.

 

#29: Sapphire Blue Eyes

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Description: The Buddha has deep blue eyes like the colour of sapphires. In addition, the coloured and white parts of the eyes are distinctly separated, with no red or yellow discolouration.

Cause: The Buddha gazed upon all sentient beings lovingly like a mother at her only child. He refrained from looking upon others negatively. The Buddha also gazed upon the enlightened beings and their various images with complete faith.

Teaching: We should develop the understanding that all living beings are suffering, whether great or small. So, when we look upon them we have nothing but compassion for them, which will lead us to work tirelessly for their welfare. We should regard all images of the Buddhas as the Buddhas themselves and treat them with respect and reverence.

 

#30: Long Eyelashes

Description: The Buddha has long and beautiful eyelashes like those of a heifer.

Cause: The Buddha had abandoned all delusions and unbalanced attitudes.

Teaching: We should strive to overcome the three poisons (ignorance, attachment and anger) and try to achieve discriminating awareness through study, meditation and practice in order to be able to discern what is proper and what is improper. Once we have this awareness, our actions will be motivated solely by the compassionate resolve to help all sentient beings.

 

#31: Urna

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Description: The Buddha has an urna, a soft wisp of hair between his brows which is tightly curled. It has six characteristics: (i) smooth, (ii) soft, (iii) white, (iv) extends three cubits in length, (v) curls from right to left and (vi) has an upturned tip.

Cause: The Buddha practised the Six Perfections, served his superiors with respect and praised others. This mark is the second most difficult to achieve. It is also achieved by helping others avoid unfortunate rebirths.

Teaching: We should respect and please all those who are considered higher than us, like our parents, elders, teachers, spiritual masters, abbots, lamas, etc., and serve them accordingly.

 

#32: Ushnisha

Description: The Buddha has an ushnisha, or crown protrusion. It is like a very small round bump on the crown of the head. It is made of flesh that is bright and radiant. From far away it seems that it is about four finger-widths in height, but if you actually tried to measure it you would not be able to. It is impossible to measure. It is the first superior mark of a Buddha and the most difficult of all the major marks to achieve.

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Cause: The Buddha always prostrated to his spiritual teachers and visualised them sitting on the crown of his head. In addition, for countless lifetimes, the Buddha visited temples and holy sites and engaged in spiritual practices in these places .

Teaching: The guru is the highest of all beings as he/she shows us the path to enlightenment. Therefore we should always consider our guru to be the highest merit field, and treat him/her with the utmost respect and reverence. We should always prostrate to our guru and visualise him/her on the crown of our head. To follow the guru’s instructions is to practise the Dharma.

 

A Key to Enlightenment

Often, we imagine the Buddha to be a supernatural being, an out-of-this-world superior human being that we admire but is perhaps beyond our expectations to become. In studying the 32 marks of the Buddha, we begin a Dharma journey that is very intimate and we see the Buddha from another perspective, i.e., that of a once ordinary being who practised for countless aeons precisely the Dharma that we have been taught by Him.

We know from learning the Dharma that even the form of the Buddha is Dharma itself and the marks on the Buddha are a supreme teaching on correct Dharma practice and the fruits of this practice. By understanding the marks, we are able to understand what it is that we must practise to reach this level, and at the same time how we should practise. Rather than debate on whether the marks actually exist physically on the body of the Buddha or if they are merely symbolic spiritual markings, we should instead focus on what the marks of the Buddha mean for our own practice. After all, everything the Buddha has done after gaining enlightenment and all of the Dharma that Buddha taught is for our spiritual evolution towards this same state. Thus, it can be said that the Buddha’s holy form is itself another of his teachings. In essence, it is a road map to liberation.

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 26, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Thank you for sharing the 32 marks of the Buddha, having heard of the marks of Buddha it is good that this article shares the marks of the Buddha in more detail. Also good that it explains what the mark is and what creates the causes to achieve it.

  2. Cc on Nov 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    🙏🙏🙏 Thank you Martin for sharing.

    Very informative. Most if the time we know very briefly on 32 major marks but not in detail.

    It will help us in further understanding and a great tool to share with everyone.

  3. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:04 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

  4. Wylfred Ng on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    谢谢仁波切和曹铭光的分享。

    佛的32相80种好是因为佛累世所累积善行与功德的显现。 代表着佛陀已经证得菩提心、六度波罗蜜等等善业。 这些也是提醒我们时时需要修行的道路。

    我自己是非常喜欢看和留意佛像的特征。 每尊佛像的手印, 坐姿、站姿、手上拿的武器、物品都代表着成佛之道。

    谢谢

  5. Bradley Kassian on Nov 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    A very interesting and in-depth explanation of the marks of a Buddha. A visual roadmap to liberation. We should all strive hard to achieve what Buddha has achieved through continuous practice and hard work. Liberation cannot be won without effort. The discipline to hold our vows, commitments, actions, of body speech and mind will not only help us in future lives but will ultimately benefit us and all beings in the end. Three aeons of hard work of helping and benefiting others, through my three doorways. May I never get tired of doing so. 🙏

  6. Sarah on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    It is true that a Buddha’s body, with the 32 major and 80 minor auspicious marks, is like a road map to enlightenment. These marks are the results of aeons of spiritual practice and are fully visible only to other enlightened beings. But as can be seen in the pictures shown in the article, these marks are represented in statues and paintings of the Buddha. The aim is to plant seeds of enlightenment in the those who look at the statues or images. In “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand,” Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche said that “it is important to hold the attitude that Buddha statues are real buddhas.” Because to do so is to create the cause to see the bodies of the Buddha directly. As Pabongka Rinpoche said, “It is 16 times more beneficial to look at a representation of a buddha than to look at the real thing.” Through practice, it will be possible to see the bodies of a Buddha directly: “We see buddhas made of clay, brass, and so on, but when we gain the single-pointed concentration called “the stream of Dharma,” we will see supreme nirmanakayas [emanated bodies]. And when we reach the 1st of the ten bodhisattva levels, we will meet the sambhogakayas [enjoyment bodies] in person.”

    According to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, “Creating sacred Buddha images is a practice dating to over 2,500 years old.  Buddha images represent the full enlightenment of a Buddha. The total omniscience and qualities of a Buddha is represented in any form of any Buddha (Chenresik, Tsongkapa, Tara, etc.). To see, feel, visualize, connect and remember any form of the Buddha plants seeds of enlightenment in one’s consciousness to be triggered open at a later date.”

    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.

  7. dev thapa on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    buddha was born in Nepal

  8. Jason on Nov 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Amazing!

  9. Samfoonheei on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Its an interesting and informative article sharing with us. After reading this article I came to realise I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark. Most of the description of the marks, causes are new to me, such as long fingers and toes, soles of the feet are level, Buddha having hair from each pore and so forth. Great knowledge. Its a blessing just by looking at a image of a Buddha .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this GREAT sharing.

  10. Datuk May on Nov 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    It had been taught and many of us, Buddhists, believe that it is a blessing to gaze at a Buddha image. This is the reason why benevolent beings would donate or sponsor the installation of huge Buddha images in prominent places for devotees to be blessed on sighting such holy images. It is also taught that huge Buddha images installed at high places would also bless the space with peace and harmony.

    However to understand the holy 112 marks of the Buddha was never as clearly indicated as in this article. What impacted me with this learning is the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha that all human beings can achieve Buddhahood if we try hard enough. This is shown as Shakyamuni Buddha attained Buddhahood in the form of a human being.

    As Martin has penned in this article, the Buddha not only taught us the Dharma but also manifested His teachings in a physical form.

    With great appreciation to Rinpoche and Martin for this great education.

  11. Tsa Tsa Ong on Nov 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Simply interesting and educational write up in point form on the The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation.😍 And the importance of self – discipline to hold our vows,commitments, actions, speech and mind in our spiritual practice in order to have the perfect qualities of the Buddha in our future lives. May i have the attitude to practice these perfect teachings from Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama to liberation and benefit others. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Martin for this wonderful article and hope for more great articles to come on the blog to benefit more people 🙏😘👍🌈💛

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:15 AM
    Rejoice to this talented artist who paints beautifully of this rime thangka of four-faced Mahakala with consorts and Dorje Shugden. May the artist continue to paints more thangkas which many more loves it and get to know of the practice. Four-Faced Mahakala is a also a Dharma Protector been having a close connection with Dorje Shugden. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-ancient-protector-four-faced-mahakala
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:13 AM
    Wow…. Another beautiful rime thangka of Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden. It explains all and merely looking at it is a blessing. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka is also known as Vajrabhairava, which comes in a wrathful protector , buffalo-headed meditational deity. Interesting story. As depicted with Kalarupa who is a manifestation of Manjushri and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom form a beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-fierce-one-yamantaka
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:12 AM
    Beautiful rime thangka of Shantideva and Dorje Shugden. Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk, a great master, scholar, and bodhisattva,at Nalanda. Wow …..interesting story of how he rose off the throne as high into the sky as no one could see him yet his teachings could still be heard from the ground by many . Together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as portrayed in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva
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    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
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    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

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    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:35 PM
    这篇文章涵盖了艮尼玛的生平、修持、神通、趣事等,让读者对艮尼玛有个整体的认识之余,也对他的特点有深刻的印象。对我来说,艮尼玛最启发我的地方是他只专注于一项修持,全心全意的,一辈子只专注于大威德金刚修持,他占卜、治病等靠的都是大威德金刚修持赐予的加持力。艮尼玛透过本身的成就,向世人证明了佛菩萨的全知和全能。也让我们知道,若真正要修持某种法门,任何一位佛菩萨的法门都是好的,都是全面的,所以不需要什么都学一些,什么都不精,搞到最后一事无成。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/cn/buddhas-dharma/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima-chinese.html
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    The reasons why you must clean your room are as follows: If you invite your guru or some officials to your home, you would give your room a good sweep, wouldn’t you! Similarly, when you invite your guru, the victorious ones, and their children into your room [in the course of your meditations], you should clean it out of respect for them.

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    The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat has become a popular place for many people to pay homage, make offerings and prayers. It was conceptualized by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who foresee the needs of Dorje Shugden that able to benefit many people.

    Check out:
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    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:30 PM
    Have you ever wondered where we come from and how we came into being?
    Have you wondered how awesome is the universe and what is eternity?
    See the comparisons below and I am sure your mouth will open as the world is revealed to your amazement! Just say ‘wow’ as you view each picture.

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    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 12:24 PM
    Most people don’t like to be put in a difficult or challenging situation. It gives a lot of stress and worries. The emotional trauma makes people feel terrible. However, this suffering can become something positive if we change how we perceive it. Suffering can make us grow if we decide to find the root cause of it and do something about it. As a result, we can be out of this suffering. Suffering can make us a better person because we don’t want others to go through what we have gone through. Instead of avoiding suffering, why don’t we embrace it because we can become better as we are going through it?

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  • Chris
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:54 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this interesting information about this spirit that can be one of the causes of Dorje Shugden ban. It is not a surprise to know that the Tibetan government had caused another human being to reincarnate as an evil spirit that wanted their downfall because they had wrongly persecuted him with such a cruel and inhumane way. Any human being that dies in that kind of circumstances will have a lot of powerful negative emotions.

    The modus operandi of the Tibetan government has been the same since the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. They just eliminate whoever they think is threatening their power and in Nyatrul’s case, they killed an innocent man with a cruel way. The karma that is created by the government created the cause for Nyatrul to be able to interfere with Nechung’s trances and there is nothing the Tibetan government can do.

    This shows us that karma works in its own way and even a powerful Dharma protector’s oracle can be inhibited by an evil spirit. We reap what we sow. Now the Tibetan government have to suffer the risk of getting false information from the Nechung oracle until their karma exhausted. They should not have trusted the advice when the oracle spoke against the practice of Dorje Shugden which is around for 400 years without any problem.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-spirit-nyatrul-magic-mischief-and-misery.html
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:30 AM
    Princess Zina was wild, temperamental, very difficult and controlling. Who in her status would not be like that? But she realised there is a better place to go than all the luxury she had been enjoying. She truly understood her attitude, her way of thinking, her characters were not going to bring her anywhere so she pushed herself to change and she made it. Apart from pushing herself to change, she also did a lot of very beneficial works to support and spread Dharma. She had to do a lot more good works to make up the wrongs she had done in the past.

    Even though it was not described in the story how much difficulty or struggling she had to go through in her transformation process but I believe it was not easy. How she pulled herself through was her trust in her lama and her faith in Dharma. If someone like Princess Zina who was so difficult and had everything she could have had in the world can transform into a humble person and eventually ascend to Kechara Paradise, who are we to say we cannot change?

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka painted patiently with matching colours. Naropa, Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful art piece. Naropa is one of the most prominent and authoritative Indian mahasiddhas and masters of mahahudra and tantra. Vajrayogini is a Tantric Buddhist female Buddha and a ḍakini while Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together they depicted a beautiful and powerful amazing thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-yogi-of-yogis-naropa
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka of the manifestation of compassion 1000-Armed Chenrezig and Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at it is a blessing. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining the details of this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-manifestation-of-compassion-1000-armed-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:47 AM
    Beautiful Rime thangka paints a thousand words. The Magnificent One… Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkhapa the 15th Century scholar-yogi and the Powerful Dharma Ptotector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful combination thangka to have at our home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-magnificent-one-and-his-disciple

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You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
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Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling\'s main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80\'s when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more-  https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
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This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling's main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80's when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more- https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
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Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru\'s statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
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Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru's statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
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Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
I hope you\'ll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- 
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I hope you'll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- https://bit.ly/2U5Arm9
Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
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A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
 https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    3 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
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We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
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Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Yvonne is dedicated and able to spend her time in taking care for the youngest group of KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Juin Xiang is the youngest students in KSDS and he is doing better and well behaved in the class now. Alice Tay, KSDS
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We are very grateful to have weekly contribution of lunch by Tina Yow, Mr K H Ong and Lillian Chen. We thanked them for their kindness. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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