The Dharma Protector Begtse Chen

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A thangka of Begtse Chen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

A thangka of Begtse Chen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

The practice of ‘Dharmapalas‘, literally meaning ‘Dharma Protectors’ in Sanskrit, was introduced to Tibet during the period of the north Indian Pala Dynasty. It was an era of territorial conquests and Dharma Protectors were used by both secular and religious authorities to protect the State and religion. Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world. Mirroring the secular setup of a country’s ruler and their generals who protect their borders, Dharmapalas protect sincere practitioners of the Buddha’s teachings from all forms of negativity and hindrances in order that they can transform themselves into kinder, compassionate, wiser and therefore more spiritual people.

Many Buddhist practitioners propitiate Dharmapalas for protection from obstacles and dangers as well as to mitigate the effects of ripened or ripening negative karma. This is, however, a narrow description of the role of Dharma Protectors. In fact, the functions of Dharma Protectors are much more than what has been mentioned and the specific functions of these Dharmapalas in relation to Buddhism will be discussed in greater detail in the sections below.

 

Begtse with his retinue. Image credit: Collection of the Zanzibar Museum of Fine Arts. Click on image to enlarge.

Begtse with his retinue. Image credit: Collection of the Zanzibar Museum of Fine Arts. Click on image to enlarge.

The law of karma is a universal law. Karma can be described, in simplistic terms, as the opening of an energy that we have sent out to others in this life and previous lives. This leads to our needing to experience the results of this energy returning to us whether in this present life or in future lives. We create and experience both positive karma and negative karma due to our ignorance of the true nature of reality, which is empty of inherent existence. Naturally, all of us only wish to experience the effects of good karma and we fear the effects of negative karma.

The experiences of the ripening of negative karma can be frightening. It might return in the form of illness, depression, material loss, accidents, falls, etc. Intellectually, we can understand that we will experience the results of our karma, including the inevitability of death as we are aware of our mortality, but most of us do not know the subtle levels of cause and effect. We will definitely reap the positive or negative effects of karma either in this life or in our future rebirths.

Karma cannot be stopped apart from when we reach the exalted state of enlightenment. When we reach that state we are no longer bound to the law of karma but transcend it entirely. In the meantime however, it can be diverted before it opens by purifying it through use of the Four Opponent Powers:

  1. Taking refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha)
  2. Sincerely regretting our negative actions
  3. Engaging in actions that remedy or purify the karma we created
  4. Generating the strong resolve to not engage in that action again

There are many practices that we can engage in to purify our negative karma such as Vajrasattva, prostrations, water offering, mandala offering, meditation on emptiness, making offerings, and serving your Guru, to name a few. The effectiveness of these practices are multiplied when done in conjunction with the Four Opponent Powers.

A statue of Begtse Chen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

A statue of Begtse Chen. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

On the path to gaining enlightenment, we must purify our karma. According to the law of cause and effect, karma can be purified or mitigated and even exhausted through purification practices. If we do not purify our karma, we cannot progress towards the enlightened state because karma, especially on the subtlest levels, obscures our ability to gain realisations that lead to that state.

Within the Tibetan tradition, there are many competent masters who, having tested the methods and their effects in the light of their experience, are able to teach us many practices that are effective in helping us to overcome our problems. One of the methods is by invoking the aid of spiritual beings who have the powers to intercede and to help in matters that are beyond our control, namely having to experience the effects of ripening karma. This gives us the ability and time to purify the negative karma, so we do not need to experience its effects in the future. These spiritual beings have the power of clairvoyance, compassion, wisdom and skillful means.

When we invoke upon their power and compassion, they are able to effect a change in the circumstances of our lives and even in our mind. This can happen when we have the positive karma and or spiritual merit to support the presence of a powerful spiritual being in our lives. They can be enlightened spiritual beings such as Shakyamuni Buddha, Tara, Marici, Mahakala, etc., or even unenlightened spiritual beings who have vowed to help practitioners in this manner. However, unenlightened beings propitiated in this manner only have the ability to help us with our physical circumstances; they do not have the ability to aid us in mental, emotional and spiritual matters, like the enlightened beings can.

One class of beings who can assist us in clearing obstacles towards our practice are beings known as Dharma Protectors. There are three categories of Dharma Protectors:

  1. Enlightened beings who are emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, appearing in enlightened forms
  2. Enlightened beings who manifest as unenlightened or ordinary beings, and
  3. Unenlightened beings who have sworn an oath of allegiance to the Dharma and thus, are bound by oath to assist people
Manjushri in the form of Dorje Shugden manifests as a Dharma Protector of Je Tsongkapa’s teachings, to preserve the lineage and the practitioners who have entered into the teachings of the Second Buddha, Je Tsongkapa. Click on image to enlarge.

Manjushri in the form of Dorje Shugden manifests as a Dharma Protector of Je Tsongkapa’s teachings, to preserve the lineage and its practitioners. Click on image to enlarge.

When it comes to unenlightened beings, many highly attained masters in Tibet have connected with and contained the power of unenlightened mountain deities and devas that have existed for hundreds of years. Thus, they are able to tap into the energies of these beings. These energies can either be positive or negative but they are contained and the deities are forced to perform positive actions that are beneficial.

Lamas are able to tap into the power of these beings because they really do exist. They can be devas, mountain deities, or powerful people who have passed away, etc., who are subdued and bound by oath so that they can become Protectors. Many texts and scriptures have been written about tapping into these energies to help us connect with these spiritual beings.

On the other hand, enlightened Dharma Protectors are emanations of enlightened beings such as Four-Faced Mahakala, considered to be an emanation of Manjushri as well as Six-Armed Mahakala, who is considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara or Kwan Yin. Others are emanations of Vajrapani, Samantabhadra and so on. The power of these Protectors is always positive, direct and obvious.

Enlightened Dharma Protectors are a source of refuge and can provide the circumstances to assist us to achieve high spiritual attainments and even enlightenment itself, whereas unenlightened Dharma Protectors can only help to alleviate our obstacles and create conducive conditions that are favourable to our spiritual practice. It is important to remember that in order to receive the protection of a Dharmapala, we have to be consistent in our main practice which is our daily prayers to our Yidam (meditational deity) or our Guru Yoga practice. Dharma Protector practice supports this main practice.

 

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Origin of Begtse Chen

A thangka of Padmasambhava as central figure. Click for high-resolution image

The earliest Dharma Protectors found in the Mahayana and Theravada traditions were heavily influenced by Indian/Hindu traditions. In Tibet and later in Mongolia, many local frightening and harmful spirits were added to the pantheon of Dharma Protectors as the practice of using Dharma Protectors developed, and these spirits were subdued to never harm again.

Powerful masters such as Padmasambhava tamed these spiritual beings and bound them by oath to protect the Dharma and its practitioners. This practice of using Dharma Protectors extended to territorial conflicts in Tibet, Mongolia and Central Asia. It was not uncommon to conscript the enemy’s powerful protectors and turn them against their original masters to defeat them. This secular tactic however, does not adhere to the true function of Dharma Protectors, which is to aid spiritual practice.

This was the time when Trisong Detsen, the King of Tibet, was engaged in his mission to unify parts of Tibet and further establish the practice of Buddhism in the county. He invited the great Indian master Shantarakshita to Tibet in order to establish a community of ordained monks in Tibet. The master however, was beset with calamities caused by powerful and malevolent beings who did not want the Dharma to spread there. It was then that the king invited the tantric adept, Padmasambhava, to subdue these beings and put them under oath to protect the Dharma. One such being was Pehar Gyalpo, colloquially referred to as Nechung. Contrary to many accounts that Begtse Chen is a subdued being from Mongolia, he is in fact a Dharma Protector of Indian origin. Begtse Chen is also known simply as Begtse, or as Trichapa Chamsing (Tibetan), Prana Atma (Sanskrit), and Jamsran (Mongolian). Colloquially, he is sometimes also referred to as Red Mahakala.

Begtse is an enlightened Dharma Protector belonging to a group called the Eight Wrathful Ones. This grouping is particular of the Gelug tradition and denotes a group of wrathful deities, rather than just a group of all Dharma Protectors. This group consists of two Yidams or meditational deities, four enlightened or wisdom Dharma Protectors and two worldly Dharma Protectors. Their names are as follows:

Meditational Deities:

Wisdom Protectors (enlightened Dharma Protectors):

Worldly Protectors (unenlightened Dharma Protectors):

  • Vaishravana riding a lion
  • Tsangpa Karpo
Mongolian ritual mask of Begtse. Image credit: Artribune. Click on image to enlarge.

Mongolian ritual mask of Begtse. Image credit: Artribune. Click on image to enlarge.

Begtse’s practice began in India and entered Tibet due to the efforts of Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th Century. Begtse, also known as Trichapa Chamsing, is a Dharma Protector that became widely propitiated by the Sakya and Kagyu Schools in the 11th Century through the work of Marpa Lotsawa and Sachen Kunga Nyingpo.

He is is considered an important enlightened protector and while he remains one of the more important protectors in the Sakya School, his practice has virtually disappeared from the Kagyu tradition. However, it was embraced by the Gelug School of Lama Tsongkhapa and subsequently became popular in the 17th Century in Mongolia, a region that predominantly follows the Gelug tradition. Begtse is also the main Dharma Protector associated with the Hayagriva tantric meditation practice.

 

Different Tales of Begtse’s Origination

Tsarchen Losal Gyatso

According to the Sakya Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, in a previous life, two sons were born into the family of King Sergyi Shugchen and Queen Upale Ke. The older son was called Dragden and the younger son’s name was Draggye. In this former life, Begtse was the younger of the two sons.

The two brothers had constant arguments over their different religious beliefs. They held many debates with the ruling that the loser would have to follow the winner’s religion. Despite losing, the younger brother refused to concede and instead ran away. The older brother caught him and tried to punish him, but the younger brother said,

“Even if you try to kill me I will not accept your religion, please let me go and I promise in the future when you reach enlightenment, I will protect your teachings.”

The older brother released him and gave him a set of copper armour, a coral stick, a bow and an arrow; and he also gave him the name Sogdag Yamshi Marpo. Then they parted ways.

In this form Ekajati is regarded as the mother of Mahakala. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

In this form Ekajati is regarded as the mother of Mahakala. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

In another lifetime, the older brother became Buddha (Shakyamuni) while the younger brother was born in the North West Marutse Cemetery. His father’s name was Nujin Zangki Ralpachen and his mother’s name was Sinmo Dragi Ralpachen. The parents laid two eggs, one of them was coral, the other one was “se” (an agate-like stone). The two eggs flew into the sky, attacking many gods, then they flew down under the earth, attacking the nagas. They even threatened their own parents.

The parents asked Ekajati, Mahakala’s mother, for protection and Ekajati threw her katvanga (ritual staff) at the eggs and broke them apart. From the coral egg, a coral man with yellow hair came out. He was wearing copper armour, carrying a copper sword, bow and arrow, and a coral stick. He said: “My name is Sogdag Yamshi Marpo/

From the other egg, a blue goddess came out. She had shell teeth, turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She was wearing an agate and lapis lazuli necklace. In her hands were a copper knife and a phurba (a ritual three-sided dagger) and she was riding a man-eating bear. Ekajati subdued them both and together they became the Dharma Protectors, Begtse and his consort, Rigpay Lhamo.

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A depiction of H.H. the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

There is another version of how Begtse originated. According to the Mongolian Sayang Secen’s Precious Summary, Begtse was subdued by Sonam Gyatso, the Third Dalai Lama of Tibet. When Sonam Gyatso was traveling to Mongolia to meet with Altan Khan, Begtse used demons in the form of animals as obstructions on his journey.

Sonam Gyatso, in response, took the form of the Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara and his horse’s hoofs left imprints of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM on the ground. Begtse immediately conceded defeat at the sight of the mantra and converted to Buddhism.

However, it should be noted that in the biography of the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub (1391-1474), it was mentioned that Begtse was already being worshipped during his rule, well before Sonam Gyatso became the Third Dalai Lama.

 

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Iconography of Begtse

In his iconography, Begtse is represented as red in colour with one face and two hands, wearing protective armour like a Tibetan warrior.

An 18th century statue of Begtse Chen. Image credit: Rubin Museum of Art, New York (USA). Click on image to enlarge.

An 18th century statue of Begtse Chen. Image credit: Rubin Museum of Art, New York (USA). Click on image to enlarge.

He stands surrounded by flames of pristine awareness on a lotus base, with his right leg bent on the corpse of a horse and left leg extended on the corpse of a human, a typical stance for wrathful deities.

He has three wide open protruding eyes and a wrathful countenance on his face. Four fangs appear in his open mouth.

Begtse wears a crown of five skulls, red silk garments and a garland made of freshly severed heads. On his chest is a mirror with the seed syllable, BRAM.

His right hand brandishes a scorpion-handled sword, and his left hand holds the heart of the enemy (representing the death of our ego). In the crook of his arm, there is a bow and arrow with a banner, and a long lance rests on his shoulder. Occasionally, he is represented holding both a heart and kidneys in his left hand.

 

His Consort, the Goddess of Life (Rigpay Lhamo)

A brass figure of Begtse’s consort, Rigpay Lhamo, the Goddess of Life. Click on image to enlarge.

A brass figure of Begtse’s consort, Rigpay Lhamo, the Goddess of Life. Click on image to enlarge.

His consort, the Goddess of Life, is depicted with a red face and three eyes, four fangs, a half-open mouth and a naked dark blue body.

In the right hand, she holds aloft a sword and in the left, she holds an iron phurba, a three-sided dagger, threatening adversaries. She wears ornaments made of bone.

As her mount, she rides a bear clutching a human corpse in its jaws, riding over a sea of blood.

She is Begtse’s constant companion and is usually depicted riding her mount on his right side.

 

His Son, the Lord of Life

Lord of Life, son of Begtse. Click on image to enlarge.

Lord of Life, son of Begtse. Click on image to enlarge.

Usually depicted to Begtse’s left is his son, the Lord of Life, red in colour with one face and two hands, dressed in similar attire as his father.

He holds a lasso in the right hand, ready to capture evil spirits and subdue them, and a spear in his left. He rides a rabid blue wolf. Sometimes he is depicted as holding a heart instead of a lasso.

 

His Retinue of Twenty-Nine

Begtse with his consort, son and entourage. Click on image to enlarge.

Begtse with his consort, son and entourage. Click on image to enlarge.

Surrounding the central figure is a retinue of 29 butcher demons.

The inner retinue consists of eight butchers or sword-bearers, red in colour, with one face and two hands. They are often included in Mongolian Tsam dances.

The outer retinue consists of 21 assassins draped in the skins of their enemies, holding various instruments and engaged in the work of carving the flesh and body parts from corpses.

There are, in total, 32 deities in Begtse’s mandala including Begtse himself, his consort, his son and 29 butcher demons.

 

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Tsam Dances and Begtse’s Role in Them

The Mongolian Tsam (Tibetan: Cham) dance is a complex mixture of art and religion that has its origins in Tibet. It has evolved with the influence of Mongolian culture to include more of the country’s character. It is the expression of mind, body and language integrated in the form of dance movements with chant melodies and meditation.

Gandantegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Image credit: wikipedia. Click on image to enlarge.

Gandantegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Image credit: wikipedia.
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Many different types of Tsam dances are practised in different monasteries throughout Mongolia. Tsam dancing was prohibited in 1937 but it was revived in 1992 at the Gandantegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolian deity Begtse in a cham-dance. Image credit: wikimedia. Click on image to enlarge.

Begtse in a Mongolian Tsam dance. Image credit: wikimedia. Click on image to enlarge.

In 1836, the dance rituals and instructions of Tsam dancing were recorded in a handbook by the Head Abbot of Ikh Khuree. This manual contains all the teachings and rules related to Tsam. The other source regarding the practice of Khuree Tsam is found in a document kept in the National Archives of Mongolia.

Many Tsam dances are performed annually according to strict preparations by ordained monks who have to learn tantric rites and hold ceremonies to invite the various deities of the Tsam dance.

The popular Tsam dance that is practised in the Dashchoilin Monastery is the Ikh Khuree dance. Complex rituals and prayers are done by all the monks in the monastery to prepare for the performance. The preparations include four days of initiations and Begtse makes his appearance on the actual day of the performance as one of the three Dharma Protector deities accompanied by attendants.

 

Protector Deities, Begtse and Mongolian Heroes

Mongolia embraced Buddhism in the second half of the 16th Century and the spread of Buddhism subsequently evolved to include the widespread practice of protective deities to aid in the country’s military struggles. The frightening and majestic appearance of these protector deities, giving the impression of strength and power, came to be associated with the great Mongolian warriors and heroes of the past.

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A thangka of Vajrapani as the central figure. Click on image to enlarge

Traditional Mongolian culture venerates hero warriors since they are seen as representations of bravery, strength and great virtue. As a result, fierce deity practices were easily absorbed into the culture. They became accepted not only as guardians of the State, its people and the Dharma but also as examples for Mongolian men to emulate.

These deities manifest according to whatever social and cultural circumstances require, although their fundamental characteristics remain unchanged. They will manifest as human heroes in times of danger and adversity. Their attributes are embodied in the human heroes and their virtuous deeds and accomplishments are to be emulated. Despite their ferocious forms and actions, they are considered to be a positive influence committed to eradicating evil and protecting the Dharma and those who uphold it. Through the example of their heroic activities, the Dharma Protectors reveal to the Mongolian warriors that they have the potential to achieve the same qualities in one lifetime.

In particular, Vajrapani and Begtse (better known as Jamsran in Mongolia) have become part of the Mongolian national and heroic culture. They are used in secular and religious ceremonies to expel and punish enemies of the State and Buddhism. In return, by Mongolian State decree, they are worshipped with offerings and eulogies in both religious and State ceremonies.

H.H. the 1st The First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

H.H. the 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drup. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Begtse, believed to have been introduced to Mongolia in the 16th Century as Jamsran, is also popularly known in Mongolia as the Red Protector. He was already practised in Tibet as early as the 15th Century. The first recorded mention of Begtse is found in the biography of the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub. Together with his consort Rigpay Lhamo, Begtse was the guardian of the personal monastery of the Second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso. It was during his role as the personal Dharma Protector of the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, in the latter half of the 16th Century that the worship of Begtse became widespread through the diffusion of Gelugpa teachings in Kham and Mongolia.

Begtse’s role as a prominent Dharma Protector in the Sakya and Kagyu traditions is reflected in prayers from the Hayagriva Tantra practised in those lineages. In addition, Begtse is also associated with the Tantric practice of Hayagriva in the Gelugpa tradition. Begtse is extolled as an emanation of Hayagriva’s mind in the Mongolian Hymn of Praise to Jamsran, composed by Badamjalbuuzal who praised his fiery temperament and role in Mongolia which were subsequently emulated by some of the most renowned Mongolian war heroes. Here is a section of the verses from the Hymn of Praise to Jamsran:

“Jee! I extol you, the Magnificent one, greatly fierce to all,
An emanation of the powerful Hayagriva’s mind,
(And) a supreme tutelary deity of the yogis,
Who performs a ferocious dance to tame various disrupters!

I extol you who disrupts the lives of the adversaries,
Who strikes a thunderbolt on the heads of those with deteriorated commitments,
Who grants the accomplishment of the supreme and ordinary siddhis
(Even) to those who have merely mentioned you!

I extol you, the military governor and hero,
Who wages war and flies a pennant,
Partake of the lungs and hearts of the saboteurs in your mouth,
(And) wield a greatly blazing copper sword against the enemy!

I extol you, who became a sister of the yogi
And the mother, Ulaan Kanshaart, who kills the adversary,
Who nakedly rides a dark blue bear,
(And) manifests the unbearable magic powers in the east!

I extol you, the fierce, red Lord of Life,
A consumer of the warm blood of the enemy’s heart,
Who visits the three worlds riding a jackal,
The essence of the friends who listen and act on the ordinance!”

(Prayer extracted from the article, What do Protective Deities, Mongolians and Fast Steeds have in Common? by Vesna A. Wallace.)

In one Mongolian confessional prayer, A Confession of Transgressions against Jamsran, he is seen as the “benevolent guru” who should be perceived as Vajradhara.

“Jee. Root Guru, be pleased with me,
I remorsefully confess the deeds accumulated through mistakes,
Wrongfully grasped by not having purified the view of the Self,
And the root of the accomplishment
To always see the benevolent guru as the Lord Vajradhara!”

(Prayer extracted from the article, What do Protective Deities, Mongolians and Fast Steeds have in Common? by Vesna A. Wallace.)

Some Gelugpa practitioners regard Begtse as an emanation of Amitabha or Yamantaka. In the Mongolian prayer to him, The Offering to the Red Protector he is invoked as a heroic “yaksa”, a military commander sworn to defy and conquer enemies and to punish those who break their commitments to him. The offering prayer starts with the following verses:

“Jee. Yaksa Jamsaran, I summon you,
The protector of Dharma,
By the order of the Victorious Vajradhara,

Come swiftly, without delay!

Hero, let us see (your) body
On the top of the human and equine corpses,
On the top of the southern lotus and the sun!
Prevail extremely strong!

Openly providing the sight of the external eyes,
The things of an inner pledge
And the torma offering,
I present to you who are transmuting (them).

I present to you a ritual cake of the varied, desirable abilities,
Of the supreme elixir,
And of thoroughly red blood and flesh,
Enjoying (it), accomplish the tasks!

I pay homage to you, fierce Yaksa,
Having a fierce and angry body,
The mandate song of the fierce dharani,
And the fierce mind, free of attachment.

Having worshipped you, Protector,
I pray, evoking you,
Becoming a safeguarding ally, and protecting
May you counteract the demons!

Completely accomplish the works,
Especially those mentioned!
May you grant the appropriate siddhi
That eliminates obstacles.

By the kindness of the splendid, precious Guru,
The tutelary deity and the dakinis,
The Dharma Protectors,
And you, Yaksa!

May the feet of the Holy Lama be firm!
May the Dharma of the Three Wheels blaze!
May my life and virtue increase!
May there be good fortune and happiness!”

(Prayer extracted from the article, “What do Protective Deities, Mongolians and Fast Steeds have in Common?” by Vesna A. Wallace.)

Begtse’s popularity in Mongolia peaked in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries which coincided with Mongolia’s struggle for independence from the Qing Dynasty and the People’s Republic of China. Although temples to Begtse were destroyed and his practice was forbidden during the Stalin era and during the socialist period, it has since been revived with the democratisation of Mongolia and the reinstatement of religious freedom. Annual prayer services to Jamsran are regularly performed in the Gandantegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, sponsored by the Ministry of Defense and Internal Affairs.

 

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Legends and Feats of Begtse

There are accounts of how Begtse emanated in various situations and even in human form throughout Mongolia’s history of strife and war.

 

Zanabazar

There is a story of how Begtse (Mongolian: Jamsran) came to the rescue of the first spiritual and political leader of the Khalkha Mongols, Zanabazar.

Zanabazar, the high saint of Mongolia (1635-1723). Click on image to enlarge.

Zanabazar was spending the night in the Golok region of Tibet when a thief stole seven of his horses. He was wondering why his Protector, Begtse had failed to guard his horses when a cloud of red dust announced the return of his stolen horses. Tied to the tails of two horses were fresh human heads, presumably belonging to the horse thieves.

When he realised that it was his Protector Begtse who accomplished what he himself was not able to do, Zanabazar offered serkym (golden drink offering) in gratitude.

With Begtse’s assistance, the delegation was able to safely arrive at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet within a week. This incident inspired Zanabazar to compose the offering prayer to Begtse titled The Cloud of Offering the Goods to Dharma Protector, the Fierce Begtse.

Begtse is believed to have manifested various human and divine forms in Mongolian history. Some Mongolian war heroes who fought for Mongolian independence from the Qing Dynasty rulers and the Chinese Republic during the outbreak of World War I in the early 20th Century were deemed to be Begtse’s emanations. Begtse’s emanations were incapable of defeat. They could suppress oppression and defeat the enemies of the State.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Image credit: wikipedia

 

Sandagdorjiin Magsarjav

A war hero, Sandagdorjiin Magsarjav, was recognised as a 20th Century emanation of Begtse. Magsarjav was never ordained or trained in a monastery. As a child, he heard many stories of legendary and epic war heroes and dreamt of being one. He realised his childhood dreams when, in 1921, he led a group of young men from various Mongolian tribes to liberate the western front from Qing Dynasty rule.

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A thangka of Vajrapani as the central figure. Click for high resolution image.

Prior to the battle, Magsarjav was reported to have recited the fierce mantra of Vajrapani. Magsarjav’s martial acumen and courage were evident during the battle. After winning this battle, Magsarjav continued a ten-year war against the Chinese forces in his struggle for freedom and independence for Mongolia.

He was never defeated in about 30 small and large battles while fighting on horseback. There are gory details of Magsarjav’s extremely violent exploits which mirror Mongolia’s ancient martial tradition of tearing out the heart of dead enemies and drinking their blood.

In particular, this recalls Begtse’s image as mentioned in exhortations and prayers to him. However, Magsarjav was also known to do evening prayers to Tara with his soldiers and to pay homage to the banner of the protective deity, Begtse.

Between 1919 and 1920, Magsarjav built a monastery to Begtse which was popularly known as Khatanbaatar’s Monastery. It had a special temple dedicated to the worship of Begtse, the Red Protector. Prayers and offerings were made to him on a regular basis. As a result of his military victories and graphically violent tendencies on the battlefield, Magsarjav was said to be greatly feared by the Chinese military.

 

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Lineage of Begtse’s Practice

Great learned masters have said that the pure lineage of whatever teaching we are studying is very important. If it is Tantra, its source should be Vajradhara and if Sutra, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. As such, the lineage of Begtse is listed as follows:

Lineage from India:

  • Vajradhara
  • Mahadeva
  • Nyi Od Dragpa
  • Dawa Nagpo
  • Shridhara Krashu
  • Nyen Lotsawa Dharma Drag
  • Khau Chokyi Gyaltsen a.k.a. Lama Namkaupa
  • Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158)

 

Vajradhara

Vajradhara is the primordial Buddha, the personification of the Dharmakaya, truth body of enlightenment and originator of Tantra.

An old thangka of Vajradhara as the central figure. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

An old thangka of Vajradhara as the central figure. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

The New (Sarma) Schools, from the 11th Century onwards, believe that Vajradhara is the secret, or inner, form of Shakyamuni Buddha and the combined essence of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and three periods of time gathered as one. In Highest Yoga Tantra, it is Vajradhara who emanates as the forms of the Five Dhyani Buddhas and Vajrasattva, followed by the meditational deities such as Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Shri Hevajra and Chakrasamvara.

The Guhyasamaja Tantra is actually one of the oldest Tantric systems to exist in written form arising from India. Holding particular significance for the Gelugpa school, Lama Tsongkhapa classified this Tantra as the main system of Father Tantras because it is so extensive that it actually provides the structure that is followed in all other Higher Yoga Tantra systems.

From Vajradhara, the lineage of Begtse was passed down until it reached Nyen Lotsawa and Marpa Lotsawa. Nyen Lotsawa gave it to Lama Namkaupa. Namkaupa gave it to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, one of the Five Founding Patriarchs of the Sakya School. In this way, Begtse and his consort became Dharma Protectors of the Sakyapa.

 
Sachen Kunga Nyingpo

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo is the first of the Five Founding Patriarchs of the Sakya School. The five founding members were all members of the Khon Family who are credited with laying the foundation of the Sakya tradition. Sachen Kunga Nyingpo was recognised as the emanation of Avalokiteshvara and has strong associations with Manjushri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom due to his visions related to the deity.

An old statue of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

An old statue of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

He became the throneholder of Sakya Monastery at the age of 21. Significantly, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo received the Lamdre teachings, which would become the core of the Sakya tradition. He spent 18 years meditating on the teachings as instructed by his teacher, Zhangton Gonpaba Chobar, before he started teaching and writing extensively about the practice. Sachen Kunga Nyingpo is said to have been the first to record in writing the previously orally transmitted Vajra Verses, the foundational teachings of the Lamdre tradition attributed to the Mahasiddha Virupa, which were introduced to Tibet by Shakya Yeshe.

Later in life, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo went into a coma as a result of an attempt on his life using poison. He recovered but with a complete loss of memory. Later, he miraculously recovered his memory after he went into retreat. He subsequently died at the age of 67 in 1158 while he was living in the Kyabo Kadang Monastery of Jang.

Considered an emanation of Hayagriva, it is little surprise therefore that Begtse is the main Dharma Protector of all the Hayagriva Tantras and is propitiated within the long sadhana of Hayagriva Samdrub. This practice is especially popular within the Sakya and Gelug lineages, where it has been passed down from master to disciple until today. Within the Sakya lineage, Tsarchen Losel Gyatso is invoked as one of the main lineage masters while in the Gelug tradition, Lama Tsongkhapa is invoked as one of the main lineage masters. The power of this practice is reflected in the fact these two great lamas preserved the practice and spread it to others.

 

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Throughout the history of Tibetan Buddhism, Dharma Protectors have demonstrated their ability to come to the aid of practitioners who request for their assistance. They have shown great efficacy in adapting to circumstances and socio-cultural situations when they manifested in various forms to assist in times of peril and adversity.

The practice of Begtse originated in India but subsequently spread to regions sharing its borders such as Tibet and beyond. Mongolia, in particular, embraced the worship of Begtse whose fierce war-like characteristics and activities had a strong appeal for the Mongolians who traditionally venerated war heroes. Furthermore, Begtse became a figure whose qualities were emulated by Mongolian men who wanted to embody the much-admired traits of power, strength and virtue. Despite suppression and persecution, Begtse’s practice has survived and since the 1990s, it has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia.

 
Sources / References:

  • Collection of the Zanzibar Museum of Fine Arts
  • Vesna A. Wallace, Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture and Society
  • https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/19083065.pdf
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/complete-commentary-on-50-verses-of-guru-devotion.html
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/h-h-kyabje-zong-rinpoches-commentary-on-guhyasamaja.html
  • Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society edited by Vesna A. Wallace

 

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  1. Bradley Kassian on Feb 5, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    I enjoyed very much reading about Begtse Chen who is very much revered in Mongolia and is one of the main protectors of the various Tibetan Traditions. He is believed to have originated from India and is sometimes known as Red Mahakala. He has various origin stories but I really like the story of the Third Dalai Lama of Tibet subduing him with the mantra OM Mani Padme Hum well taking the form of Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I truly enjoyed reading this interesting write up about dharma protectors and the origin of Begtse Chen who is a subdued being from Mongolia, he is in fact a Dharma Protector of Indian origin. Begtse Chen is also known simply as Begtse, or as Trichapa Chamsing (Tibetan), Prana Atma (Sanskrit), and Jamsran (Mongolian). Colloquially, he is sometimes also referred to as Red Mahakala. According to the Sakya Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, in a previous life, two sons were born into the family of King Sergyi Shugchen and Queen Upale Ke. The older son was called Dragden and the younger son’s name was Draggye. In this former life, Begtse was the younger of the two sons. The two brothers had constant arguments over their different religious beliefs. Looking forward to have this great topic on blog chat soon. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article. ?????

  3. Samfoonheei on Jan 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. The origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century . Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.
    In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. As a protector deity that does battle with the forces of evil and the wicked and guards the righteous and faithful . His terrifying, monstrous face it appearance serves only to frighten demons and dark spirits away and serves as a beacon of justice as well as a guardian of wisdom to all who see and revere him. Their wrathful forms depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard everyone from dangers and enemies. Interesting read to understand better of this Dharma Protector.
    Thank you for this sharing.

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    Monday, Nov 30. 2020 10:33 PM
    Very Inspire article of an artist, Art have been more than a hobby to the Princess of Polka Dots, Yayoi Kusama. It was her burning passion that lighted the fire in her soul. With so much of struggle since young, and her positive attitude empowered and engaged her to learn the skill professionally. Her creativity contribution was well received and benefited many all over the world.

    As for Yayoi Kusama art was a great escape, a way to be free of the troubles, worries, and horrors in life. Thank you for this valuable teaching and for the fantastic compilation of info and photos. Well., I am fascinated on polka dots art especially on clothing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 02:00 PM
    Celebrities like Pink , Chrissie Hynde , Sir Paul McCartney, Benji Madden naming a few who had use their fame for good cause. These celebrities truly are using their impactful voices to influence millions to do good, voicing opinions on matters such as fighting against illegal fishing, created viral memes to educate people about climate change, speaking out for women’s rights , eating healthy foods and to be a vegetarian for good to save animals been slaughter and so on. These celebrities have tremendous influence, acting as role models to many young people so as adults, even with their busy schedule. They has been influential in supporting its mission of saving animals been slaughter for human consumption across the globe. Great and truly inspiring.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 01:57 PM
    Looking at the pictures tells us more….sad and heart-felt seeing those innocent kittens is shot dead by someone who is so cruel. How can whoever who did it so senseless . What goes around will comes around. The mother cat kept licking the kittens, from the picture ,heart broken seeing all her love ones dead. Could not imagine that situation, sad that one of the kitten had the chest cut open and heart exposed with the neck tied with a rope. The other three kittens were already been shot yet their heads were stepped on. Horrible death those poor kittens, may these kitten have a good rebirth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 01:55 PM
    Reading this blog and feeling sad . Soolam a Golden Retriever, who was a service dog specifically trained to perform work and assist the writer since as a small furry. Soolam was one loyal companion and dear friend indeed to the writer. To euthanize a furry friend is hard felt for the writer as the Golden Retriever could not stand or walk, and even eat. Whatever he eats will throw out. Looking at the pictures the heartfelt writer hold on spending a precious moments with his doggie before he was euthanized. Soolam was a celebrity featuring in scores of times in newspapers, TV and radio. He even appeared as the main star of a special video about service dogs. The writer brought him everywhere he goes for meetings , travelling long distance and so forth over the decades. Well…. he finally laid to rest with his friend. The writer later found Zhar a new friend during a very strange coincidence.
    A beautiful story indeed , with a happy ending.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    From lush rainforest to deserts, frogs are found in every environment on earth. There are many different species as well and colourful too. Unfortunately, an equally-horrific new fad has recently popped up in China, where millions of frogs are being coloured with industrial dyes. Those dyes contains a very high doses of chemical which is harmful to the frogs. They seem to be a popular trend in China and are in high demand at aquariums and ponds , some been keeping it as pets. Everywhere at wet market in China, the dyed frogs are being sold. The effect of injections of chemicals into the frog would be horribly injured or killed the frog. Recording to research the dyes being used on the frogs are dangerous and harmful to human as well.
    May all sales of these coloured frogs must be banned. Its more or less abusing animals in such a way frogs were treated as objects and not living creatures in need of care. In no time all these frogs will go extinction .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these meaningful and heartfelt pictures of those horses. Yes looking at those pictures indeed paint a thousand words. It is truly sad seeing that poor horse Jerry had to suffer. Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is indeed cruel. They are forced to toil in all weather extremes, heavy traffic all day long. Well they might suffer in silence debilitating leg problems in long term as they have to walk on hard surfaces. Horses would definitely love to be free living on green fields where it’s a better environment for them. They could run freely as they wish. In many cities, horse-drawn carriages are seen as tourist attractions. Even though horse-drawn carriages have been in use for thousands of years , I do hope more countries will ban horse drawn carriages. Recent years many cities around the world are banning horse-drawn carriages. Great news as horse are not mend for hard surfaces, in heavy traffic and so forth.

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    We should have a first hand knowledge before adopting one. Dog behaviour can be puzzling to both new and experienced dog owners.Thank you very much for the informative article.


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    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:10 AM
    Thank you for the beautiful and historical sharing of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia. As we know this group is small and their journey begins first at Malacca, then continued to Penang, Singapore, and Indonesia.

    The intermarriage between Chinese and Malay except formed a unique lifestyle and also created out a new culture, customs, festivals, tradition foods clothing, design and entertainment.

    May this rich culture and colourful tradition be preserved and practiced by the younger generation, and do hope this special heritage will live everlasting with us.

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    Every where there is spirits or unseen beings . Even old tress do have spirits too. Heard of it those days but for one to see it daily is scary. I am sure Rinpoche’s mother had goose bumps seeing the old man spirit. Luckily not a harmful spirit. Tree spirit is a nature deity related to a tree and are present in many cultures. As many of us do believed that if we cut down a tree with a spirit dwelling in it, is not so good. We are disturbing them. To avoid any misfortune we have prayers to appease the tree spirits, asking their permission to do so…..clearing obstacles or any ugly incident happenings.
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    nspiring video of a Portuguese boy with strong imprints. His dinner plate was served with rice, potatoes and octopus tentacles. After some questioning he told his mother that animals are not supposed to be eaten, but to be taken care of. This surprised his mother as her young son understands about the killings of animals. He don’t want to hurt animals , he knew the pain and sufferings of animals been killed . That’s wonderful , it’s a good beginning for a young boy to have compassion for animals at such a young age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/portuguese-4-yo-boy-doesnt-want-to-eat-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:22 PM
    Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical belief that the soul after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s karma. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life. Interesting findings. The belief in reincarnation is held by adherents of almost all major religions. Hence life after death and the possibility of reincarnation do happen. What happens to us when we die? Well this is an old question for which religions have provided answers with faith. One of the mysteries puzzling human mind since the origin of mankind is the concept of “reincarnation”. I do believe in reincarnation and have come across friends who remembered their past lives. Recently I met an Indian Sikh lady who’s past life was a Buddhist. Beautiful stories from her too.
    Interesting read of this blog tells us more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 03:58 PM
    Thank you for the article and video sharing. It’s sad to see the reality of live of some people in the world has to go through so much suffering at younger age to survive.

    The early involvement of child labour is caused by their parents due the families economic hardship, parents need their help to perform their work or replacements when they are sick or old. Unfortunately the brick kiln management taking opportunity to misuse the labour by performing multiple task and treating them as slave.

    I do greatly appreciate the rightful action will be taken to prevent and to provide the new guidelines against the brick kiln owners who have tried to exploit workers.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:54 PM
    Interesting read about Goddess Gemu, being worshipped by the ancient tribal community Mosuo people in both Shamanistic Animism Tibetan Buddhism. The Mosuo are considered the last-remaining matriarchal society in China, where they are a culturally-rich people. The traditional Mosuo religion worships nature, with Lugu Lake regarded as the Mother Goddess. Their practice is incorporated to the Tibetan Buddhism practice in the region for decades. The Mosuo has their own syncretic faith called Daba and the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The Goddess Gemu is the most widely worshipped by the Mosuo people. Glad to note that the traditional shamanism based Daba faith is concertedly with the Tibetan Buddhism faith. The Zha Mei monastery which is a gelupa monastery had a strong affiliation with Dorje Shugden and at the same accepted the worshiping of this Goddess. The 5 th Panglung Kuten did took Dorje Shugden trance at this monastery . Strangely the CTA cannot accept the practice of Dorje Shugden on the hand could accept an unenlightened protector deity Godess Gemu. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial so as the practice of Daba faith to the Mosus people.
    Well, may the Dorje Shugden ban soon going down into history for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    Thank you Valentina for a detail write up on the Gemu Goddess and those rare pictures of oracles by Dr.Joseph Rock who had explored the Tibetan borderlands .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gemu-goddess-of-mosuo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:52 PM
    Walpola Rahula Thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, world renowned scholar and writer. Dr. Rahula is the first Buddhist monk to become a professor in a Western world. He has written extensively about Buddhism in English, French and Sinhalese. He was noted not only for his erudition but also for his strong socialist views. During his lifetime he was awarded several awards for his incredible work towards harmony.
    (Whatever we are Theravada or Mahayana, as Buddhists we all accept the Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.)…..well said.
    Ven. Rahula was later instrumental in encouraging the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States. He spent most of his life in teaching and lecturing before going back to Sri Lanka where he passed away. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ven-dr-walpola-rahula-thero-the-theravadan-academic.html
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    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:03 PM
    This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously .

    The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions.Thank you for sharing a beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/3q20qqG

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

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
2 yearss ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
2 yearss ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
2 yearss ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
2 yearss ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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5 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
6 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
7 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
9 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
9 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
9 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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