The Four Exalted Brothers

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An ancient statue of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

An ancient statue of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

According to The Clear Mirror of the Royal Genealogies (Gyalrab Salwai Melong) attributed to Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-1375 CE), the great Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo (617-47 CE) decided that he had to make various statues of his yidam (tutelary deity) to be of benefit to sentient beings within his realm.

While he was in meditation, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas revealed a pure vision to him. In the vision he was shown a ‘self-arising’ Avalokiteshvara statue made of sandalwood, located in Southern India. This was significant to the emperor as Avalokiteshvara was his yidam or personal meditational Buddha. At this point, it is said that a monk crowned with Buddha Amitabha on top of his head, emanated from the hair between the emperor’s eyebrows and was given the name Akaramatishila. This monk was dispatched to retrieve this statue, which he found in the form of an eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. He brought the statue back to Tibet and presented it up to the emperor who was very pleased. Immediately, a thought came to the emperor that there was yet another ‘hidden’ emanated statue that would be of tremendous benefit to generations of sentient beings.

The emperor prayed to his yidam and a spectacle unfolded before his very eyes. From the chest of the self-arisen statue, a ray of light emerged and the emperor followed it with his eyes. The light pointed in the direction of the border between Nepal and India and he saw a white sandalwood tree within a dense forest. The tree was shining brightly and from it, the four self-arising brothers appeared. Hence, Akaramatishila was dispatched once more, this time to find the sandalwood tree. After several attempts, the monk finally found the sandalwood tree.

After combing through the dense forest of Southern Nepal for a long, the monk came across a herdsman who was tending many cows in a forest. That evening, the cows’ owner said to the herdsman, “You have been milking my cow!” The herdsman denied it and said that he had not done so. He explained that the cows were left to wander in the forest by themselves. The next day, the herdsman, accompanied by the owner, followed the cows to investigate the matter. They beheld the cows circumambulating the sandalwood tree that radiated light. The milk flowed from the owner’s cow, from her udders, and nourished the tree. The spectacle amazed the two of them. They told the monk and he realised that this was the tree that he had been searching for.

As he was about to cut the tree down, the tree spoke. The upper part of the trunk said to cut slowly as he would go to the settlement of Mangyul (near Kyirong). This self-arisen statue would later be known as the Noble Wati. Then a sound emerged from a portion under Noble Wati and said that he would go to the city of Yam-bu (or Yam-bha) Ya-‘gal. This self-arisen statue would be known as Noble U-Gang. Then another voice emerged from under him. The voice said that he would go to the border of India and Nepal. This self-arisen statue would be known as Noble Jamali. Finally, the fourth voice said that he would go to the snowy peaks of Tibet in order to be Emperor Songtsen Gampo’s yidam. This self-arisen statue would become be known as Noble Lokeshvara of Potala. Collectively, these four statues are known as The Four Exalted Brothers.

The Four Exalted Brothers are in the form of the standing Kharsapani Avalokiteshvara, which is identified by having one face and two arms. The left hand is in the mudra of teaching the Dharma while holding a lotus blooming at his side, and the right hand is in the mudra of transcendent giving or generosity. Thus, the emanated monk returned to Tibet with the statue of the Noble Lokeshvara and Noble Wati. It is for this reason that the Emperor Songtsen Gampo is credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet.

The Noble Wati

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The Noble Wati Zangpo is commonly known as the Jowo of Kyirong. This old statue is the famous sandalwood image of Avalokiteshvara in the form of Kharsapani, and is one of the two Four Exalted Brothers brought over from Nepal by Akaramatishila at the order of Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It was installed at Kyirong and a temple was built to enshrine this sacred image. It was said that the presence of the statue quelled the region of a raging pestilence at the time.

This famous statue of Noble Wati of Kyirong is commonly represented as a background element in paintings of Sakya Pandita when he is depicted in debate posture. This thangka commemorates Sakya Pandita when he defeated an Indian teacher by the name of Harinanda in front of the statue of Noble Wati of Kyirong. Sakya Pandita was the first Tibetan master to achieve this feat. This is remarkable considering the reputation of Indian masters as formidable debaters.

The Noble Wati featured on the left side of the Sakya Pandita thangka.

The Noble Wati featured on the left side of the Sakya Pandita thangka.

Noble Wati of Kyirong is also said to have spoken several times to the temple caretakers and to have given prophecies of the future. Over the centuries, this sacred statue became an object of veneration. People used to come from all over central Tibet to seek its blessing. After the fall of Tibet, Tibetan refugees took the statue from its temple in Kyirong. It was said that the idea to remove the statue came from a dream a man had. He was staying at the temple for the night. The man said he dreamt that the Noble Wati spoke to him and told him that if he was brought to safety, he would be around for many years to come but if left at the temple, the statue would not last more than another year or two. Today, the Noble Wati is in the possession of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in India.

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The Phakpa Wati Lhakang or temple in Kyirong, Tibet where the Noble Wati was once enshrined there.

The Phakpa Wati Lhakang in Kyirong, Tibet where the Noble Wati was once enshrined.

 

The Noble Lokeshvara of Potala

Close up of the Noble Lokeshvara and attendants.

The Noble Lokeshvara is in the middle and attended by Tara on the left and another statue of Avalokiteshvara on the right.

The north side of the Great Western Hall in the Red Palace is the location of one of the oldest and most important chapels. This chapel, along with the Dharma cave below it, dates from the 7th century CE and is called Phakpa Lhakhang. The chapel enshrines the ancient jewel encrusted statue of Avalokiteshvara and two of his attendants. This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.

The picture on the left is a rare one of an unadorned Noble Lokeshvara. The jewels and silks are never removed unless to apply more gold onto the statue.

The picture on the left is a rare one of an unadorned Noble Lokeshvara. The jewels and silks are never removed unless to apply more gold onto the statue.

The Noble Lokeshvara is enshrined in the Phakpa chapel that is in the Red Palace of the Potala.

The Noble Lokeshvara is enshrined in the Phakpa chapel that is in the Red Palace of the Potala.

 

The Noble U-Gang

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In Nepal, there is a temple in which an image of Avalokiteshvara is enshrined and is known as the Noble U-Gang. In Nepal, the Noble U-Gang is known by other names such as Bungadeo or Karunamaya by the Newars along with other exalted names like Lokeshvara and Karujuju. To the Hindus, he is known as the famous Rato Macchendranath, the teacher of Gorakhnath (a famous Hindu saint) and he was a siddha-mendicant who is popularly worshipped in the Kathmandu Valley.

The Noble U-Gang is officially enshrined in Bungamati or Bungadeo for half a year and for the other half of the year, the statue is brought over to Tabahal in Patan. The Noble U-Gang is hewn from sandalwood and has detachable arms. The image is in the simple posture of standing, covered with clay and painted red annually. There is a religious festival called a jatra in which the image is paraded around town as a blessing for all who witness the procession.

An ancient Nepalese thangka (Paubha) of the Noble U-Gang.

An ancient Nepalese thangka (Paubha) of the Noble U-Gang.

The Tibetans know Macchendranath as the Mahasiddha Minapa from Abhayadana Sri’s Legends of the Eighty Four Mahasiddhas. Minapa was a Bengali fisherman who on one fateful day, hooked a giant sea creature that put up a great struggle. In the end, the creature pulled him into the ocean’s depths and swallowed him. The fisherman lived in the fish’s belly for twelve years. One day, the sea creature swam close to Mahadeva who had settled himself at the bottom of the ocean in order to teach Umadevi, his consort, a secret Dharma. Consequently, Minapa overheard the instruction and began to practice in the belly of the creature. The sea creature was eventually caught and the yogin was liberated. Minapa found that he had gained siddhi. In the Indian tradition of the siddhas, Macchendranath is also identified with the Mahasiddha Luipa, the fish-gut eater or Minapa. Unfortunately, no authoritative biographical texts survives that could tie the Indian, Tibetan and Nepali cultural traditions together to form a coherent picture. However, the identification of Rato Macchendranath as the Noble U-Gang of the Four Exalted Brothers is the closest identification of this statue.

This is another ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang as enshrined in the temple at Patan.

This is another ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang as enshrined in the temple at Patan.

This is the Rato Macchendranath temple in Patan, Kathmandu where the Noble U-Gang is enshrined within.

This is the Rato Macchendranath temple in Patan, Kathmandu where the Noble U-Gang is enshrined within.

The tall chariot carries the Noble U-Gang as it is brought on a procession during the Rato Macchendranath Jatra.

The tall chariot carries the Noble U-Gang as it is brought on a procession during the Rato Macchendranath Jatra.

 

The Noble Jamali

A closeup of the Noble Jamali that is also known as Seto Macchendranath.

A closeup of the Noble Jamali that is also known as Seto Macchendranath.

According to a lama of Kojarnath, the fourth of the Four Exalted Brothers is the sacred statue of the Noble Jamali. The local Newari legends attribute King Gunakamadeva with the worship of Jamali. This king was a contemporary of both King Amsuvarman and the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo.

In the Newari legends, it was mentioned that a king from the West stole the Noble Jamali. From the 10th to the 13th centuries, the Western Malla kings ruled over Kojarnath and the Noble Jamali was most likely taken hostage by one of the Malla Kings and later reclaimed by the city state kingdoms of the valley. In fact, there were other cases of sacred images being stolen by invading Tibetans in the Vamsavali. The Noble Jamali reappeared in Kathmandu during the reign of Yaksa Malla (1428-1480 CE) and it was recorded that he was found in a well or a field in Jamal, just south of the present royal palace.

It was probably in Yaksa Malla’s time that Jamali was enshrined in Jana Bahal, which was officially known as Kanaka Caitya Mahavihara near Indra Chowk. The Noble Jamali is a plastered statue of Padmapani Lokesvara, white in colour. The Newars call the Noble Jamali, Jama Deo or Karunamaya Lokeswar. However, the Hindus claim that this statue is actually the patron saint of Kathmandu, Seto Macchendranath. The Noble Jamali wears the Bodhisattva crown and ornaments, and the figure of Buddha Amitabha is painted prominently in his hair. Enshrined on his right and left are the White and Green Taras. The Noble Jamali as Seto Macchendranath is honoured yearly in a religious festival in which the statue is paraded around town.

A ritual ablution is being performed on the Noble Jamali by a Nepalese priest.

A ritual ablution is being performed on the Noble Jamali by a Nepalese priest.

An artist redraws the features of the Noble Jamali in preparation for the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

An artist redraws the features of the Noble Jamali in preparation for the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

The Noble Jamali is enshrined within the ancient Jan Bahal temple since the 15th century.

The Noble Jamali is enshrined within the ancient Jan Bahal temple since the 15th century.

The tall chariot carries the Noble Jamali out on parade during the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

The tall chariot carries the Noble Jamali out on parade during the Seto Macchendranath Jatra festivities.

 

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Avalokiteshvara has many different manifestations. One of them is known as Chenrezig Gyalwa Gyatso. In this form, his practice belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification through which one can gain enlightenment in a single lifetime. Click on image to enlarge or for more high resolution thangka downloads click here.

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  1. wan wai meng on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:58 am

    This is an amazing story of the 4 statues that are still in existence in our time and age. Thank you Pastor David.

  2. Vivian Ong on Dec 17, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this article. It interesting and amazing how this deity can self arisen on sandalwood or rocks. It is said that these places with self-arisen deity is very blessed and sacred. Everyone who goes there to pray need to set their aspirations high.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  3. Anne Ong on Dec 16, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    I love this interesting and exciting stories about the four exalted brothers. i love it very much because if it’s self arising and it has spoken before,and it has helped and benefited many people in Tibet in the past. And i love those beautiful pictures of the statues. Great write up from a great writer! 🙂 _/\_

  4. Samfoonheei on Dec 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Very interesting story of the statues of Avalokiteshvara.. This old statue is one of the two Four Exalted Brothers Now i know after reading this post and about the Newari legends as well.The ancient Nepalese thangka depicting The Noble U-Gang in the temple at Patan, Kathmandu was an eye opener for me. Rejoice a beautiful piece.,
    Thank you, Pastor David for sharing this interesting post and beautiful pictures shared.

  5. Wylfred Ng on Dec 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    好精彩的文章!! 谢谢黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    观音菩萨的慈悲让他化现成为四尊不同的木像, 让我们可以直接看到观音菩萨的形象, 可以直接献上供养, 与观音菩萨结缘。

    我曾经参观过第四尊, Noble Jamali。 就在尼泊尔加德满都。 那里常年都有很多朝圣者或游客来到, 向这尊观音菩萨献上供养。 而且我们也可以看到当地人都会在哪里献上酥油灯, 就好像是日常生活一直都会做的事情。

    其他三尊也非常漂亮、庄严, 也带有一些神秘的色彩。
    希望未来也有机会一览其他三尊观音的风采。

    谢谢

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you P David, for this very interesting mystical story of the self-arising statues of Avalokiteshvara retrieved for the great Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo by a mystically arisen monk, Akaramatishila.

    The great Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, out of great compassion, decided that he had to make various statues of his yidam (tutelary deity) to be of benefit to sentient beings within his realm. In his meditation, he was given a vision of a ‘self arising’ Avalokiteshvara statue made of sandalwood, located in Southern India. Akaramatishila who emanated from the hair between the eyebrows of the emperor, successfully brought this statue ,an eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara, back to Tibet.

    Then, after thinking that there would be more statues to be discovered and brought back for the benefit of all beings, the emperor received the vision of a white sandalwood tree in a deep forest and , out of that tree four self-arising brothers appeared. Akaramatishila found the tree and managed to retrieve the four brothers.The four brothers are -the Noble Wati who was installed in Kyirong), Noble U-Gang in Yam-bu , Noble Jamali and Noble Lokeshvara of Potala.The four are known as the Four Exalted Brothers.

    All these statues arose out of the great compassion of Avalokiteshvara to bless and protect all beings. The places where these statues have been installed , have now become pilgrimage sights. Knowing how they mysticaaly arose, fills us with awe at the power of Buddhas like Avalokitehvara in manifesting their compassion.

    The emanated monk Akaramatishila returned to Tibet with the statues of the Noble Lokeshvara and Noble Wati. It is for this reason that the Emperor Songtsen Gampo is credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet.

  7. Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    “This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.”

    This is very interesting indeed because there is a strong link between King Songsten Gampo and Dorje Shugden emanation Thonmi Sambhota.

    One evidence is the Pabongka Monastery in Lhasa which has a long history that pre-dates the building of the Jokhang and the Ramoche temple.

    King Songtsen Gampo lived here together with his queens and studied the Tibetan script that was constructed by Thonmi Sambhota in the same period and place. The original stone with the first Tibetan text – a carved out “Om mani padme hum” – can be seen at the Rigsum Gonpo Lhakang below the main palace. (see attached photo)

    The four Rigsum Gonpo Lhakhangs were all built in the seventh century during the time of King Songtsen Gampo, each situated in a cardinal direction with Jokhang at the center. Popular legend credits Songtsen Gampo with building the four Rigsum Gonpos to protect the Jokhang. The Rigsum Gonpo are Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani, a triad of deities known as Lords of the Three Families, representing the body, speech and mind of all buddhas of all times.

    Sources:
    http://www.mytibet.nl/gompas/pabongka.htm
    http://treasuryoflives.org/institution/Southern-Rigsum-Gonpo-Lhakhang

  8. Fong on Dec 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    It’s interesting to know how King Songtsen Gampo was credited with bringing the worship of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig to Tibet as opposed to how the other Dharma Kings are said to have brought Buddhism to Tibet. Maybe that’s why the Tibetans love Chenrezig so much.

    And, the locals show such reverence and worship for Chenrezig though they are known different to them. The temples housing 2 of the 4 exalyed brothers in Nepals have been around for hundreds of years and are still revered today. There has to be something to these legends.

    Thank you, Pastor David for a very interesting sharing.

  9. Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    “This is the Noble Lokeshvara of the Potala that was once worshipped by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and now an object of veneration to hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims. On the floor below the chapel is a low and dark passage that leads into the Dharma Cave where Songsten Gampo is believed to have studied Buddhism and meditated. In these caves are the famous statues of Songsten Gampo, his wives, his chief minister and Thonmi Sambhota, the scholar who developed Tibetan script.”

    This is very interesting indeed because there is a strong link between King Songsten Gampo and Dorje Shugden emanation Thonmi Sambhota.

    One evidence is the Pabongka Monastery in Lhasa which has a long history that pre-dates the building of the Jokhang and the Ramoche temple.

    King Songtsen Gampo lived here together with his queens and studied the Tibetan script that was constructed by Thonmi Sambhota in the same period and place. The original stone with the first Tibetan text – a carved out “Om mani padme hum” – can be seen at the Rigsum Gonpo Lhakang below the main palace. (see attached photo)

    The four Rigsum Gonpo Lhakhangs were all built in the seventh century during the time of King Songtsen Gampo, each situated in a cardinal direction with Jokhang at the center. Popular legend credits Songtsen Gampo with building the four Rigsum Gonpos to protect the Jokhang. The Rigsum Gonpo are Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani, a triad of deities known as Lords of the Three Families, representing the body, speech and mind of all buddhas of all times.

    Sources:
    http://www.mytibet.nl/gompas/pabongka.htm
    http://treasuryoflives.org/institution/Southern-Rigsum-Gonpo-Lhakhang

  10. Jacinta Goh on Dec 8, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I wonder what is the significant of knowing these Four Exalted Brothers? Sorry for my ignorance but are these Four Brothers enlightened? Are they an emanation?

    If I didn’t come across this storyear, I would have thought that They were just local deities.

    Thanks Pastor David Lai.

    • Choong on Dec 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      They are all Chenrezig arising from the same sandalwood tree.

      • Jacinta Goh on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        To summarise, They emanated from Lord Chenrezig to suit the needs of the practitioners at that time. Am I correct?

        P/s : I will bear in mind that They are the same nature.
        Thanks Choong.

        • Pastor David Lai on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

          Dear Jacinta,
          The Four Exalted Brothers are statues of a form of standing Kuan Yin / Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara that was carved from a single sandalwood tree. These are not local deities. These statues are famous for having shown many miracles especially the ability to speak and give prophecies of the future like the Noble Wati. Hence, they are very popular among Tibetan pilgrims who come to pay homage to these statues because it would be like praying before Chenrezig.

  11. Joy Kam on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Thank you Pastor David for presenting this very interesting story of the Four Exalted Brothers. Everything about it is truly magical especially in the beginning how the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo had a vision of Avalokiteshvara when he was meditating and was shown a ‘self-arising’ statue of Avalokiteshvara made of sandalwood.Basically how everything unfolded sounds very magical.

    I sometimes wonder how come these magical kind of things hardly appears these days like in ancient times? Could it be because we lack the merits and people in general are not as spiritual as before? Then shouldn’t it be more relevant for miraculous signs to appear, I guess it boils down to lack of merits on our part and not enough real genuine practitioners of the Dharma.

    These stories help spiritual seekers like myself to keep having faith and to keep up our practice because such magic does exist, and it is up to us to preserve these teachings to continue to give hope and light to others who may have lost their way. In a way these type of stories reminds me of the movie called Lady in the Water by M. Night Shyamalan, where people have forgotten how “believe” and have forgotten to to find their true purpose in life.

    Thank you again Pastor David, for such tales keep our imagination flowing and keep the faith that miracles do and can happen.It also makes me appreciate seeing these statues better, if I do see them again in Nepal, and to receive Avalokiteshvara’s great blessings.

  12. Paul Yap on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    The story of “The Four Exalted Brothers” is very interesting and i felt lots of excitement after reading this, its like the movie Harry Porter came to life. I have first followed H.E Tsem Rinpoche to a pilgrimage trip in Nepal during 2008, It was an eye opener. I will never know there are so many holly Buddhist places out there if not for Rinpoche’s kindness. Im glad recently i have the opportunity making a pilgrimage trip to Nepal again making offerings to Vajrayogini, and one of the The Four Exalted Brothers. I like these holy places alot. I hope i can always come back to these places to make more offerings.

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    nteresting read of a great Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who is the founder of the Sakya tradition. One of the three branches of the Sakya School, which is part of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting story of how his illness was occurred and meeting the mysterious lady at monastery courtyard well. The lady who gave him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. Apparently Vajrayogini had appeared to him leading him to the great master Doringpa at Tashi Lhunpo. Since then he studied with 63 masters of all traditions. He had travelled tremendously to various place to perform great deeds, giving teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered along his journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsarchen-losal-gyatso-lineage-holder-of-vajrayoginis-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:53 PM
    interesting read of Kentrul Thubten Lamsang Rinpoche, one of our Guru previous life. He was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Kentrul Rinpoche had spent many years in remote areas like Phari on the Tibet-India border. Where he worked tirelessly to improve the condition of local monasteries and built large Buddha statues. He even built a three-storey statue of Maitreya Buddha. Highly respected by many locals and remembered by monks of the monastery for his work. Kentrul Rinpoche was also known for performing extensive pujas for people of the area. Kentrul Rinpoche will always be remembered as the lama who remained devoted to his teacher until his final moments. He went out of his way to help the sufferings, in desperate situations. His is a legacy that is timeless and beyond compare. Both Kentrul Rinpoche and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s activities did exhibit an unquenchable thirst and curiosity for Dharma, Guru devotion . Both have the similarities after-all. Interesting read, shared by Pastor Jean Ai on Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:51 PM
    Very interesting article of great Lamas whom I never find it bored reading over and over again. Anything related to history had me feeling excited.
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar. He was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. Even more than three hundred years ago he was eliminated yet he continued reincarnating until present day as been confirmed by many great beings. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, merely to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. After realising the mistakes done by his officers 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and even composed a prayers texts to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. He named the Chapel as Trode Khangsar which still exist to this day at Lhasa, Tibet .May more people reading this article to understand more who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. An interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:48 PM
    The Kangxi Emperor was the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. He is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China. Having ruled China over 61 years, he was the longest-reigning Chinese emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. He was also highly educated and was known as a hardworking emperor who ruled diligently. His rule was a period of expansion, stability, and prosperity for the Chinese Empire. Kangxi gave religious freedom to all religions and had sponsored many literary works, monasteries, monks and teachers all over China, Tibet and Mongolia. He was considered an extremely modern Emperor at that time whom was loved by many. He was said to be the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri as recorded in the ancient scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:28 PM
    The unmistaken incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa was proclaimed to be Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. Even as a young man , he travelled tremendously as part of his retinue, with the 3rd Dalai Lama and gave various teachings as well. Throughout the journey, he had even composed verses to praise and commentaries on the teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sonam-yeshe-wangpo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:26 PM
    Master Hongyi, a multitalented Buddhist Monk famous for being a talented writer and musician . He was one of the most celebrated and admired Buddhist monks in modern Chinese history. Born in wealthy family yet he choose to he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Already, even as a child, developed an extraordinarily where he could memorised Buddhist text. Master Hongyi dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhist practice and became one of the most prominent monks of 20 Century China. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html

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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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